Tell Me Why (1951 song)

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"Tell Me Why"
Song by The Four Aces
Published 1951
Writer(s) Composer: Marty Gold
lyricist: Al Alberts
Language English

"Tell Me Why" is a popular song written by Marty Gold with the lyrics by Al Alberts. The song was published in 1951.

The first version of the song released was a recording by Jerry Gray and his orchestra, released by Decca company in 1951, as catalog number 27621, with the flip side "Restringing the Pearls",[1] by Skeets McDonald (released by Capitol Records as catalog number 1957, with the flip side "Be My Life's Companion"[2]).

Major recorded versions[edit]

"Tell Me Why"
Single by Bobby Vinton
from the album Tell Me Why
B-side "Remembering"
Released 1964
Format Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM
Genre Pop music
Length 2:36
Label Epic Records
Writer(s) Marty Gold & Al Alberts
Producer(s) Bob Morgan
Bobby Vinton singles chronology
"My Heart Belongs to Only You"
"Tell Me Why"
"Clinging Vine"

A successful version of the song was recorded by Al Alberts' group, The Four Aces, on October 23, 1951, and released later the same year by Decca Records as catalog number 27860.[1] It first reached the Billboard charts on September 7, 1951 and lasted 24 weeks on the chart, peaking at No. 2.[3] The flip side was "A Garden in the Rain," also a success for the Aces.

It was also recorded a brief time later by Eddie Fisher in a version that scored the Top 10. This version was recorded on December 5, 1951, and released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 20-4444.[4] It first reached the Billboard charts on December 28, 1951 and lasted 19 weeks on the chart, peaking at No. 7.[3] The flip side featured the song "Trust in Me."

Bobby Vinton released "Tell Me Why" in 1964. Vinton's version spent 8 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at No. 13,[5] while reaching No. 3 on Billboard's Pop-Standards Singles chart,[6][7] and No. 11 on the Cash Box Top 100.[8] In Canada, Vinton's version debuted at No. 11 in the first issue of the RPM "Top Forty-5s" chart.[9]

Vinton's version was ranked No. 63 on Cash Box's "Top 100 Chart Hits of 1964".[10]

Other versions[edit]

A version was recorded by Dinah Washington (recorded January 1952, released by Mercury Records as catalog number 8267, with the flip side "Wheel of Fortune"[11]).

Semprini with Rhythm Acc. recorded it in London on March 26, 1952 as the third song of the medley "Part 2. Hit Medley of Foxtrots" along with "The Little White Cloud That Cried" and "I'm Lucky to Have You". It was released by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalog number B 10263.

The Mastertouch Piano Roll Company of Australia released the song on a piano roll, catalogue number AD 4657, in 1951.


  1. ^ a b Decca Records in the 27500 to 27999 series
  2. ^ Capitol Records in the 1500 to 1999 series
  3. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (1973). Top Pop Records 1940-1955. Record Research. 
  4. ^ RCA Victor Records in the 20-4000 to 20-4499 series
  5. ^ Bobby Vinton - Chart History - The Hot 100, Accessed October 12, 2015
  6. ^ Bobby Vinton - Chart History - Adult Contemporary, Accessed October 12, 2015
  7. ^ "Pop-Standard Singles", Billboard, June 27, 1964. p. 17. Accessed October 12, 2015
  8. ^ "Cash Box Top 100", Cash Box, June 27, 1964. p. 4. Accessed July 28, 2016.
  9. ^ "Top Forty-5s", RPM Weekly, Volume 1, Ed. 18, June 22, 1964. Accessed October 12, 2015
  10. ^ "Top 100 Chart Hits of 1964", Cash Box, December 26, 1964. p. 14. Accessed July 28, 2016.
  11. ^ Mercury Records in the 8000 to 8310 series